Allbirds ~ Comfort & Sustainability Meet on Your Feet
Looking for a great pair of sustainable shoes that are comfortable and better for our communities? Check out these new wool tennis shoes (or sneakers?) from Allbirds.
So I have this stupid “thing” where I don’t wear new clothes until I’ve done at least one photoshoot for the blog. I don’t want the new thing to get stained, too wrinkly, faded when washed, or ruined before getting some half-decent photos. It’s so dumb, but I still do it.
That’s what happened with these shoes. It took me nearly three weeks to get a photo in them… which meant I didn’t wear them while they sat in the box in my closet for three weeks?! C’mon. Really?!
But, despite thinking it’s silly, I’m probably still going to do the same thing, I’m sure.
Although just hitting the blog now, you’ve seen these shoes already if you follow me on Instagram. (If you don’t follow, I’d totally love it if you did.)
Made with all-natural materials and shipped in a pretty cool box that uses 40% less packaging than traditional shoe boxes, these shoes have a far smaller footprint (no pun intended) on the environment than their typical and often synthetic counterparts. Allbirds is also on its way to becoming a B Corp, a company with social consciousness built into its mission.
“Do-gooder” qualities aside, the shoes are super comfortable. I bought them in search of a neutral pair of shoes I could wear with just about anything (especially when my go-to Bucketfeet shoes were a bit much for a particular outfit). I’ve been wearing them almost every day, sometimes with socks and sometimes without, and they’ve lived up to their comfort claims so far.
I spend a lot of time in casual tennis shoes, and these have definitely filled a gap in my wardrobe.
One Quick Request – Tennis Shoes or Sneakers?
Before departing, I have one last request for you. Hailing from the Midwest, I call these “tennis shoes.” M, and everyone from the East Coast, calls them “sneakers.” Recently, my boys have started to call them “sneakers” and it’s totally killing me.
M and I have a long-standing friendly debate about what they “should” be called, based mostly on whether more people in the country call them tennis shoes or sneakers. So, if you’d do me a tiny little favor, I’d love for you to pop over to this post on Instagram to let me where you’re from and whether you call these bad boys tennis shoes or sneakers. Thanks in advance!! I’m super pumped about my very “scientific” poll.
Sweatshirt – Everlance, c/o Slowre | Jeans – Vince, via Salvation Army| Shoes – Allbirds
Ooohh, I just got to interview one of the founders today and I’m putting them on my wishlist! Such a cool brand.
Hopefully you get alerts when there are comments to old posts, but I’m wondering what size you ordered in the allbirds and how they fit. I just got mine today, and although they fit barefoot, they’re pretty tight with thin socks. Are you a half size normally? Which direction (up or down) did you order?
Do you think they stretch? Just trying to decide if I should return them or not.
I normally wear a 8.5. I just checked their site and their size guide. They asked me a few questions and suggested I should order a 9. Did you answer the questions that are prompted when you click on the side guide? I’m not sure if the questions are new, because I don’t recall them when I first ordered the shoes.
Now that I’m looking, I have an 8, though I definitely could have gone with a 9. My 8s don’t feel super tight when I wear them, but I certainly don’t have much room for socks. I’ve been wearing mine almost every day, and based on my experience, I’d suggest the larger size if you’re between sizes. They aren’t particularly thick material, so I’d be nervous that a shoe that was too tight might wear through the material faster. Also, I don’t feel like mine have stretched much.
Hopefully that helps! Glad you liked them and hope you find the size that’s just perfect for you. I’ve been really pleased with how comfortable mine are, with and without socks. Thanks for the note!
Thanks for the help! Especially that they don’t really stretch. They are amazing shoes, so I’m thinking that I’ll need to reorder . Thanks again.
I like the idea of them, but have never seen them in a color I really like. I’d buy them in a heartbeat if I did.
Keep checking back. 🙂 They come out with new colors regularly. I have had mine for a couple of years now and still wear them regularly. Hope you end up finding a color you love!